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U.S. Justice Department wants to block first direct submarine cable from Hong Kong to mainland United States

The department is recommending the Pacific Light Cable Network (PCLN)—which is majority-owned by Beijing-based Dr. Peng Telecom & Media Group—be halted on national security grounds. Google and Facebook are also backing the project, which cost at least US$300 million and includes 8,000 miles of cable, most of which has already been laid. The Federal Communications Commission has the final decision on whether to approve the cable; it usually defers to Justice Department recommendations. (Wall Street Journal)

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